Renard’s Thoughts On Ubuntu MATE


Ubuntu MATE is one of those distributions of Linux that a lot of Linux enthusiasts have rated highly.

The best way of finding out if Ubuntu MATE is right for you is to try it out for yourself.

I have experimented with Ubuntu MATE in the past and I have to admit that it is not a bad operating system; however, it is nowhere perfect; it has its flaws.

Some of the flaws that I experienced in the past with Ubuntu MATE were:

  • Celluloid being unresponsive.
  • Not being able to rename files in the Pictures folder when it is in the Icons view mode.
  • The occasional disappearance of Plank from off of the screen.
  • Not being able to download certain colour profiles via the Ubuntu MATE Welcome feature.

On a positive note, the MATE desktop environment is usually well-behaved on most distributions of Linux.

Therefore, I am not surprised by the fact that the developers of Ubuntu MATE pulled off a fairly okay operating system.

Ubuntu MATE Inherited Its Technical Issues From Ubuntu

Ubuntu and its official flavours are released on a specific timeline (New versions are released every six months).

From a historical perspective, Ubuntu has released every version of its operating system with bugs (Most of those bugs are eradicated as time goes along).

Therefore, when Ubuntu has bugs, they are passed on to:

Whereas, Linux Mint will only release its operating system when those technological hiccups have been smoothened out (Linux Mint will only release its operating system when it is ready and not a moment before).

From the looks of things, it does not appear that Ubuntu is going to change the manner in which it releases its operating system.

Ubuntu MATE Is User-Friendly

Ubuntu MATE is one of the most user-friendly distributions of Linux around.

And, what is it that makes Ubuntu MATE so user-friendly?

Ubuntu MATE is user-friendly because it has a layout that is suitable for almost everyone.

The various layouts can be accessed via the Ubuntu MATE Welcome feature or by the usage of the MATE Tweak tool.

People who are coming over from Windows will feel at home with the Redmond layout.

And, those people who are coming over from macOS will be able to find their way around Ubuntu MATE with the help of the Cupertino layout.

By the way, if you are the adventurous type of individual, you can create your own unique layout (Hey, it is Linux; it was created to be configured to your liking).

The Software In Ubuntu MATE Is A Bit Too Old For My Liking

For the record, I am fully aware of the intent that the developers had for their users. They, of course, wanted the users of Ubuntu MATE to utilize a system that was stable (Unfortunately, that stability came at the price of using older software).

Arch Linux has me spoilt rotten; it provides me with bleeding edge software as well as the latest kernel.

Therefore, it is hard for me to go back to using way older software and an ancient kernel ― those things that Arch Linux provided its users with many ages ago.

Anyway, the most important thing is that you can get real work done with Ubuntu MATE’s help.

I, on the other hand, would prefer to get real work done via the usage of Arch Linux.

Ubuntu MATE Works On A Wide Range Of Hardware

Ubuntu MATE works on a wide range of hardware (Including those old MacBook Pros; specifically those that were manufactured before Apple started placing the T2 security chip inside of them).

However, in regards to those computers that recently made their way off of the assembly line, you will need to use a distribution of Linux that provides its users with the latest kernel.


Because the device drivers are baked into the Linux kernel.

By the way, some of the Linux distributions that provide their users with up-to-date Linux kernels are:

Computers that are around seven months or older should work fine with Ubuntu MATE (Please be advised that there are a small handful of computers that are not compatible with Linux and that you would have to do some research online with the intention of finding out if your particular brand and model number of computer can work with Linux).

You Can Give Ubuntu MATE A Test Run

If you are one of those people who would like to give Ubuntu MATE a test run and you have an old computer lying somewhere around your house, you can do that by inserting a  bootable USB flash drive with Ubuntu MATE on it (I advise going online and searching for the function key that allows you to access your computer’s bios settings).

Now, before you get to that stage, you will need to create a bootable USB flash drive with Ubuntu MATE on it (Joey Sneddon’s article, How to Create a Bootable Ubuntu with Etcher, will teach you the necessary steps).

Ubuntu MATE will add new life to your old computer.

And, Ubuntu MATE will run at lightning speed on fairly new computers (That should be good news for those of you who have computers that are unable to be upgraded to Windows 11).

You Can Purchase A Computer With Ubuntu MATE On It

Those people who are intimidated by the idea of installing Ubuntu MATE on their own computer can buy one that comes with Ubuntu MATE preinstalled on it (You can find those items via Ubuntu MATE’s Desktops & Laptops section).

The nice thing about those computers is that they were designed to run Linux.

Therefore, running Ubuntu MATE on any of those computers would be akin to child’s play.

Who Is Ubuntu MATE For?

Ubuntu MATE is for the person who:

  • Wants to use their computer to create an office document.
  • Wants to use their computer to do music production.
  • Wants to use their computer to create and store literature.
  • Wants to use their computer to do coding.
  • Wants to use their computer to do gaming.
  • Wants to use their computer to consume online content.
  • Wants to use their computer to edit photos.
  • Wants to use their computer to create graphic designs.
  • Wants to use their computer to do video editing.
  • Wants to use their computer to stream content online.

Hey, you can do lots of things with your computer (Especially when you have Ubuntu MATE installed on it).

The Bottom-Line

The truth is that Ubuntu MATE is not right for everyone.

However, in order to know for sure if Ubuntu MATE is your proverbial cup of tea, you will have to give it a try (You can download your Ubuntu MATE ISO image here).

Be brave and give Ubuntu MATE a try today!



  1. Ubuntu Mate is the pretty steady and strong distribution that has got most things right.
    It’s an extraordinary release though and I especially appreciate the difficult work that has gone into the Program and into presenting the framework as a whole. It is effectively one of the leading choices to prescribe to unused Linux clients. It moreover goes simple on your equipment and ought to run fine with just 4 GB of ram. Though, I still think that some non Linux users go with developers mode in windows instead of moving to Linux.
    Great post!

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, Tanishq!

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  2. John says:

    I must say that I know zero about what you’re talking about, Renard! 😂


    1. 🙂 Well, John, you can always learn.

      Thank you for being part of this discussion!

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      1. John says:

        Your welcome, I love my Mac operating system, does everything I need.

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  3. Hi Renard,

    On one of my computers, I have installed Ubuntu Mate for 2 years. It works very well and is close to Linux Mint. 🙂

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    1. 🙂 Walter, I am pleased to know that you have used Ubuntu MATE for a period of two years.

      In spite of Ubuntu MATE being very close to Linux Mint, Linux Mint is more polished.

      Thank you so kindly for being part of this discussion.

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  4. Sadje says:

    Since I’m blogging solely from my phone, and don’t use the laptop for anything, as of now I don’t feel the urge to use a new system.


    1. 🤔 It is always good to have a backup plan; for example, if you were to encounter technologically-related issues with your smartphone, you can rely on your laptop computer to blog on.

      Besides, watching movies on a bigger screen is more fun than watching them on the screens of smartphones.

      Thank you for sharing your perspective, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re right that a backup is always good. I don’t watch movies on phone or laptop, only on tv!


    2. Orca Flotta says:

      That can’t be fun, Sadje. Your phone doesn’t even have a decent keyboard. And that screen size. 😦

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      1. Sadje says:

        I’m so used to it that I find the laptop an encumbrances

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        1. Orca Flotta says:

          Oké, if your requirements and aspirations are so low …

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          1. Sadje says:

            They are and I’m easily pleased


  5. Orca Flotta says:

    Ever since Ubu Mate was introduced I’m asking why did they waste time and resources into it when we already have the better Mint Mate. And Manjaro Mate. Both much advanced over Ubuntu dreck. Same goes for Ubu Cinnamon. Useless, redundant distros … plus Ubu Mate’s standard colour scheme is super uglyfugly. That throw-up green. 😮

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    1. 😆 Yes, Orca, I also agree that Ubuntu MATE’s default theme is awful. However, themes can be changed to please the user’s taste.

      When it comes to a distribution’s implementation of the MATE desktop environment, I prefer:

      • Linux Mint
      • Manjaro
      • Solus

      Now, in regards to Arch Linux, I had to change things to my liking due to the fact that I was confronted with the stock MATE experience (I had to add the Brisk Menu, etcetera).

      I would not even dream of using the unofficial Ubuntu Cinnamon.


      Because Linux Mint’s implementation of the Cinnamon desktop environment is the best!

      For the record, there are people who love Ubuntu MATE and they have not encountered any major technical issues with it.

      Thank you for sharing your point of view, Orca.

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      1. Ubuntu Mate is very similar to Mint Mate, but it is lighter and it is accepted by my new Lenovo Ideacentre computer.
        My new Lenovo computer does not work with Solus, it does not work with Mint, it does not work with Manjaro, etc…
        So I found Ubuntu Mate, and he works well … 🙂

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        1. 🙂 I am pleased to know that your Lenovo IdeaCentre is compatible with Ubuntu MATE.

          Also, it is a pity that you could not get it to work with Linux Mint, Manjaro or Solus.

          The best Lenovos for Linux are the Lenovo ThinkPads.

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  6. Neil says:

    I used mate as a file server for a couple of years and if your happy with old software it’s fine. I too find the Ubuntu / Debian software to be dated. If swapping from Windows which I still use, I always found Linux mint the most familiar.
    I think so much depends on what your expectations are. My thoughts are very similar to yours. Another well written analysis, thank you for sharing.

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    1. 🙂 You are welcome, Neil.


  7. -Eugi ☕️ says:

    Excellent post, as usual, Renard. I am still not successful in installing Linux on my old laptop and as you mentioned, perhaps it is not compatible. I may try to install Linux on my travel computer since it is a different brand and not very old. I really want to learn Linux so I will keep trying.

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    1. 🙂 I think that you should keep trying, Eugenia.

      Ubuntu as well as the other official flavours of Ubuntu are supposed to boot when Secure Boot is on.

      In regards to the other distributions of Linux, I suggest taking off Secure Boot.

      There are numerous tutorials on YouTube ― the kind that pertains to installing Linux on your computer.

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      1. -Eugi ☕️ says:

        Thank you for you help, Renard! I’ll check out the YouTube tutorials. 😉

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